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[greyt-nef-yoo, -nev-yoo]
  1. a son of one's nephew or niece; grandnephew.
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Origin of great-nephew

First recorded in 1575–85
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Examples from the Web for great-nephew

Historical Examples

  • Jarvis Barrow, that's a strong witness, should have had another sort of great-nephew!


    Mary Johnston

  • If only Percy had been older and had a son, he could settle the money upon his great-nephew.

    War-time Silhouettes

    Stephen Hudson

  • The thought that his great-nephew and his niece had actually slept there horrified him.

  • Her last act was to appoint Biren regent during the infancy of her great-nephew.

  • She had adopted her great-nephew Ronald while he was still quite a baby, and he could remember no other home than hers.

British Dictionary definitions for great-nephew



  1. a son of one's nephew or niece; grandson of one's brother or sister
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